Many in Oregon struggle to pay for the most basic necessities – such as shelter.
Since 1980 housing prices in Oregon have risen by 315%, making it 4th in the nation for housing price increases.
Oregon is the 3rd most unaffordable rental market in the US, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
55 percent of renters in Oregon pay more than 30 percent of their income to housing, leaving too little to cover other fundamental costs.
Children under 5 years old have the highest poverty rate of all age groups with one in five living in poverty.
Minorities have much higher poverty rates than whites. Blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics experience poverty rates of 25 percent or more compared to ten percent of whites.
In Oregon, at least one parent works in almost 70 percent of poor families with children.
Full time employment at Oregon’s minimum wage translates into gross pay of $318 a week from which to pay for groceries, rent, utilities, and transportation.
Nearly half—47 percent—of all job openings today pay less than the $10.07 an hour considered a living wage for a single adult, according to a University of Washington policy center report.
In Oregon, the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $682. In order to afford this without spending more than 30% of income on housing, a household must earn $27,298 annually. To make this amount, a minimum wage earner must work 74 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.
There is not a single county in Oregon where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment at what HUD determines to be the Fair Market Rent.